Teaching Biology

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

M.Sc. Online
12 months
27960 USD/year
27960 USD/year
12942 USD/year
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Online courses in the Master of Science in Teaching Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign meet the needs of today's biology teachers. The fully online format enables in-service teachers to bring the latest advances in biology and evolving pedagogy directly into the classroom.



The Online Master of Science Teaching Biology Science degree program at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is designed to give practicing teachers the opportunity to earn the M.S. in Teaching Biological Science or graduate credits in biology while living and teaching at home. Teachers certified to teach biology in public schools and admitted by the University of Illinois may take any of these courses, whether they are in a degree program or are a non-degree student.

The OMST of Biological Science program offers 6 Biology and 3 Education courses that are 8 weeks in length and completely online. To complete the program and earn a MS degree a student must complete a minimum of 5 Biology and 3 Education courses. The student is free to pick the 5 out of the 6 Biology courses offered that are of the most interest to them, or best fit into their schedule.

The courses are designed to bring the teachers up-to-date with topics in biology and science education. As the courses are designed explicitly for biology teachers rather than future researchers, the overall program will be extremely relevant to in-service teachers with course activities, assignments, and assessments developed to enable conversion into the teachers' classrooms.

The courses are designed specifically for the online environment with opportunities to interact with classmates, and not merely videos of lectures to watch and be tested on.

All courses will have asynchronous component which we conduct virtually with meeting times (generally) on Tuesday from 7:00PM Central Time - 8:30 PM Central Time. Please refer to the specific course description about participation requirements and changes to these times and dates. Reliable access to high-speed internet is essential for success in this program. Students will be expected to spend 10-20 hours each week engaged in online materials, most of which require high-speed internet access at the time of access.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • ABE Principles: Biological
  • ABE Principles: Machine Syst
  • ABE Principles: Soil & Water
  • ABE Principles: Bioenvironment
  • ABE Principles: Bioprocessing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




32 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Proof of teacher certification in Science, preferably in Biology.
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution in the United States or from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad in content and number of credit hours with that granted by the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.
  • A personal statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27960 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27960 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    27960 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27960 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    12942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12942 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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